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    Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Hello all,
    My side curtains and rear window on the hardtop are foggy/ hazy and need cleaning. Any recommendation or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Replacement plastic windows are available at most suppliers and will be a better solution than trying to refurbish the old ones. Some folks have had the replacements panels made at a plastic supply house using the old ones as a pattern. I have a hardtop and have used the polish that is made to refurbish plastic headlights. It works fairly well but others may offer a better solution.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    I've used the stuff that's sold to de-haze plastic headlight covers; it worked OK. It's basically a very fine polish, followed with a type of clear coat. One was recommended over others, but I don't remember what brand it was.

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    More for routine cleaning, though I've personally used it to remove relatively heavy oxidation and minor scratches on both sidescreens and much more often, soft-top back windows.

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    thank ya'll!

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    not to sidetrack the thread but is there a good conditioner to restore the tops on these cars. my bn6 top is a bit faded but is in very good condition! any recommendations appreciated.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Assuming ambla/vinyl top (not fabric); I've used this with acceptable results:

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/3m-3M-390...SABEgLAI_D_BwE

    3M also has a cleaner/conditioner for marine use, but I haven't tried it:

    https://www.westmarine.com/buy/3m--v...iABEgIx2_D_BwE

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Maguires of Jeep Plastic window cleaner

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    i have used this stuff for years. have no idea where i bought it. i can't say the cleaner does a real good job but the polish seems to work nicely on the rear window. used it on many cars.

    i just bought side curtains plastic from AH so have not tried it there.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    I use the same polish on the rear window that I use to buff out a fresh paint job. But you need a power buffer. I don’t really know if it will work on the side curtain plastic. But if it screws it’s up then you have a better excuse to buy new pieces. If it turns out hazie that means it is full of very fine scratches. So u could keep trying to go to finer and finer polished with fine super soft pad. Some polishes work best for fine work if you don’t let them go dry. Put the stuff on, buff a little bit then before it starts to look dry stop the machine and finish the final buff by hand.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Been using the Meguires for years, works OK. Now that I saw how easy a replacment can be made (on Wheelr Dealers), might be the route on browned plastic. Just need a walking foot extended arm machine. $150 replacement for trim shop, would need 6 tops to do to pay for machine.
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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Hi all,
    I tried the Plexus and it is the best by a mile. Thanks for the recomdeantion

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    Re: Polishing Foggy side curtains on BT7

    Quote Originally Posted by AH67 View Post
    Hi all,
    I tried the Plexus and it is the best by a mile. Thanks for the recommendation
    Not to mention, it's the EASIEST I've ever used too! Good stuff
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